Summer in Corsicana, Texas, is wonderful — there are BBQs and beach trips to the Screech Owl Reach, ball games, and lazy sundowns. Be that as it may, Corsicana summers also mean soaring energy costs and utility bills that can be tough on your wallet. Fortunately, the following tips can help you to save money, reduce the load on your home electrical system, and keep cool all summer long:
Adding to your house’s insulation keeps the cold air inside and hot air outside. While it is possible to add insulation to most areas of your Corsicana home, laying more rolls on top of the insulation you already have in your attic is perhaps the most cost-efficient option to keeping your home cool.
If you have ever gone into your attic when it is hot outside, you have likely realized the amount of heat built up there. With an average daily high temperature above 88°F, Corsicana summers can be brutal, and can heat your attic to 140°F or higher! However, with a high-quality vent fan, you can disperse the heat back outside and get rid of any moisture problems too.
Air conditioner tune-up
Another way to keep your air conditioner humming along and ready to cool your home when the summer heat comes is to have it tuned up. Inside, take a look at your air filter. If it looks dirty, have it replaced. Also, make sure the ducts are clean. Out in the yard, make sure there are no leaves, grass, and dust on your condensing unit and that it can breathe. Having a Corsicana TX air conditioning repair specialist give all moving parts a thorough once-over is a smart move to ward off big problems or breakdowns when you least expect them.
Use a programmable thermostat
If no one is home during the day, you can set your air conditioner at a higher temperature while you are away. The programmable thermostat can kick the temperature down an hour or so before you arrive home to a chilly house. Likewise, setting it slightly higher for those times you are asleep without sacrificing comfort.
At Area Wide Services, we offer the best-in-class “smart” programmable thermostats from Honeywell. Not only are these wireless thermostats highly accurate in temperature control, but they can also help you save as much as 33% every year on your heating costs. On top of that, Honeywell’s reliable and highly-rated app allows you to program your thermostat directly from your smartphone, taking convenience and manageability to the next level.
Consider zone air conditioning
Most people spend their home time in one or two rooms, and it can save you considerably if you raise the temperature on your central air conditioning unit and use a zone AC product. Technology has come a long way, and it is now possible to buy a portable air conditioner that can cool a reasonably large room well. Cooking or working on the computer does not have to be such a hot prospect when you have a handheld air conditioner that cools down your personal space.
Installing ceiling fans can reduce your air conditioner use significantly. Their cooling might be plenty on some days, and they can enhance your air conditioner on warmer days, while allowing you to use less power. Be sure that you switch your ceiling fan’s direction for summer use; cooling position means your blades turn counter-clockwise.
Tend to your windows
Awnings over any windows that have lots of sun exposure can save you money, and faded furniture! Another idea is planting fast-growing, leafy shrubbery near windows to keep the heat out. Likewise, adding sun-blocking blinds, curtains, and even reflective window film can keep the sun and heat out of your house in the summertime.
Capture cool breezes
On moderately cold days, turn off your air conditioner, throw open your doors and windows and let the fresh breezes cool you off!
Not only does fluorescent lighting last longer than incandescent, but it also does not produce heat. Switch all your lamps and fixtures to compact fluorescent lighting to save money on air conditioning, too.
No in and out privileges
Keeping the kids, and the dogs, from going in and out of the house any more than necessary, is one of the keys to keeping your power bill low and your home cool. Every time a door is opened, heat and humidity rush in, keeping your AC running in an attempt to keep up.
Don’t heat your thermostat
Keep all heat-producing devices well away from your air conditioners thermostat. Lamps, televisions, water heaters, and clothes dryers can keep your air conditioner running continuously throughout your home.
Follow these tips before it gets scorching hot out there, and you will stay cool all summer!
Is Your Air Conditioner Ready For Corsicana Summers?
If you want to save money on energy bills and unforeseen AC breakdowns, turn to Area Wide Services today.
Our licensed Corsicana TX HVAC Specialists can schedule routine tune-ups and maintenance checks to diagnose and repair minor problems with your AC unit before they grow into larger, more expensive issues and ensure that it is doing an excellent job of cooling your home efficiently. We understand that a damaged or broken heating system can be the ultimate inconvenience during these hot summer months. That’s why we offer around the clock services — so, if you have a problem with your air conditioner at 3:00 in the morning, or even on holiday, emergency HVAC service can and will be provided.
Give us a call at (903) 874-5298 to speak with an HVAC pro today! Also, please visit our blog to gain additional input on caring for and maintaining your HVAC systems.